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The surname Tye was first found in Nottingham where they were known as the Barons Tyes and even before the Conquest were a family great significance in that shire and in the county of Rutland. However, one of the first records of the name was found much further to the south at Mousehole in Cornwall. " This place, which is also called Port Enys, is situated on the western shore of Mount's bay in the English Channel; and though at present only a large fishing-village, was formerly of considerable importance. In 1293, Henry de Tyes obtained for it the grant of a market on Tuesday, to which was afterwards added a fair on the festival of St. Barnabas." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tye, Tee, Tyes, Tigh and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tye research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1299, 1313, 1321, 1342, 1350, 1324, 1505, 1572, 1620 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Tye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Baron Tyes of Nottingham; Christopher Tye (c.1505-c.1572), an English composer and organist; and Robert Tighe (died 1620), an English cleric and linguist...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Tye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Tye settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Richard Tye, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Mary Tye, who landed in Virginia in 1661
  • Margtt Tye, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Suan Tye, who landed in Virginia in 1663
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Tye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Tye settled in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Nicholas Tye, aged 24, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738

Tye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Tye, aged 25, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1839
  • Jane Tye, who came to New York in 1861

Tye Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George A. Tye, who came to Ontario in 1871
  • A. William Tye, who came to Ontario in 1871
  • Anna Tye, who came to Ontario in 1871
  • Charles Tye, who arrived in Toronto in 1871
  • Daniel Tye, who came to Ontario in 1871
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  • Joe Tye, American businessman, CEO of Values Coach Inc
  • Larry Tye, American non-fiction author and journalist, best known for his biography Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
  • Michael Tye, American philosopher at the University of Texas
  • Colonel Tye (1753-1780), African-American slave, Loyalist leader in the American Revolution
  • Joe B. Tye, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1948
  • Joan Tye, American politician, Delegate to New Mexico State Constitutional Convention, 1969
  • H. H. Tye, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 11th District, 1898
  • George L. Tye, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1936; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 9th District, 1936
  • B. F. Tye, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1920
  • John Tye (1848-1905), English cricketer
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Tye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tye Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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